Dear Supporters and Friends,
As we move from our 65th to our 66th year, the Community Chest remains true to its roots, but as our mission states, we are able to proactively “meet the evolving needs of our communities and our donors by raising funds and giving responsibly to a broad range of human service and other organizations that strengthen Concord and Carlisle”. As a long time donor explained, “giving to the Chest means I know I am having a direct impact on the lives of my neighbors and that makes my gift all the more meaningful”.
The Community Chest is proud to have made many contributions to Concord and Carlisle in the past year including:
- Raising $632,000 during our annual campaign, which allowed us to distribute over $539,660 to 30 deserving agencies, programs and schools.
- Continuing to meet short term emergency funding needs for residents through our When In Need Fund. WIN, in its second year, is made possible by the on-going support of a generous donor.
- Providing summer camp scholarships to local and METCO students and new sneakers for children in need through our Field of Interest Funds.
None of these accomplishments would have been possible without wide community support. Our 32 allocations team volunteers worked diligently as they carefully evaluated programs, observed agencies and made funding recommendations to our board of directors. Additionally, we were fortunate to have 24 talented and energetic volunteers bring to life “It Only Takes a Minute”. This unforgettable evening, our spring fundraiser, was an enormous success thanks to their efforts. Finally, the financial support we receive from our donors allows us to do the important work that is so vital to our communities.
As we look ahead, I would like to welcome Penny Austen as incoming President of the Board of Directors. I feel confident that the Chest is prepared to continue to meet the needs of Concord and Carlisle and hope that you will also continue in your support- or perhaps, join your neighbors for the very first time.
Betsy Wieland Veidenheimer